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3 July 2011
"Wallpaper Visionaries" features AMO energy projects

AMO's renewable energy projects Zeekracht (for the North Sea), Roadmap 2050 (for the EU) and The Energy Report (for the WWF) appear today in a video made by Wallpaper for its new "Visionaries" series. OMA partner Reinier de Graaf and Associate Laura Baird explain the office's fundamentally different approach to the issue of sustainablility, seeking solutions "that transcend the scale of a building, a city, and even a nation, and at some point the scale of a continent."



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1 July 2011
OMA at the new NAi...
OMA features in the exhibition "Daringdesign: Chinese and Dutch designers with guts", opening today at the newly refurbished Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. Among works by eight offices and designers, OMA presents a new, highly-detailed model of the Taipei Performing Arts Centre: three theatres plugging into a central cube; soon to go under construction and due for completion in 2012.
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18 June 2011
AMO-designed Prada show streaming live today

Prada's spring/summer men's catwalk show, designed by AMO, streams live at 18.00 CET today from Milan fashion week. Watch live at http://www.prada.com/enAMO's concept for the show is to organise the audience as a "perfect field": 600 visitors sit on individual blue foam blocks distributed over a 1.5 x 1.5 meter grid spread through the entire hall.

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14 June 2011
(IM)PURE, (IN)FORMAL, (UN)BUILT exhibition opens today in Paris
OMA's exhibition (IM)PURE, (IN)FORMAL, (UN)BUILT opens today at the L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Made in collaboration with students at the Paris Malaquais School of Architecture, the exhibition focuses on three French libraries designed by OMA, two of them unrealized but crucially important in the development of the typology of libraries, one about to go under construction…
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9 June 2011
Stadskantoor design wins BREEAM award
OMA's design for a new building for Rotterdam's town hall – now in the design development phase – has received a four-star ("Excellent") rating from BREEAM (the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). OMA won the competition for Stadskantoor in 2009, responding to the design brief's stipulation that the building must be the most sustainable in the Netherlands. more
2 June 2011
OMA completes new office space for McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong
The OMA-designed McKinsey & Company Hong Kong Office opens today. With the aim of challenging the conventional model of corporate office design, OMA brings McKinsey a brand new office design that caters to its needs for flexibility and enhanced collaboration, while fulfilling McKinsey's rigorous requirements for maintaining client confidentiality.

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31 May 2011
OMA collaborates with Prada and the Hermitage at the Venice Biennale
Coinciding with the start of the Venice Biennale today, OMA and Prada open an exhibition surveying recent collaborative works. The exhibition appears at Ca' Corner della Regina, a former palazzo, alongside highlights from the Prada Fondazione collection.
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23 May 2011
Installation begins at new Fondazione Prada outpost, Venice
OMA has begun to install its exhibition of projects with Prada at Ca’ Corner della Regina, a 17th century palazzo in Venice and the venue of a new outpost for the Fondazione Prada. The show, which opens on 1 June to coincide with the Biennale, includes the Prada Transformer project and a detailed scale model for the future Fondazione Prada in Milan (pictured here being hauled in through a window); the rest of the palazzo will feature work from the Fondazione's collection, including Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.
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11 May 2011
OMA breaks ground on new Chu Hai College campus in Hong Kong
Groundbreaking takes place today for the new campus of Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong, designed by OMA. The campus will facilitate encounters between students from different departments in verdant surroundings, and offer a new identity for the college. The campus will open its doors in 2013.
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4 May 2011
Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on preservation, opens in New York
Cronocaos, OMA's exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens to the press today in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and now occupying the New Museum's new gallery space – a former restaurant supply store on the Bowery – Cronocaos examines the growing "empire" of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.
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29 April 2011
"On Hold": OMA at the British School at Rome
As the sixth event of The British School at Rome's program "Three Cities in Flux, an investigation into urban regeneration in London, Milan and Rome," OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf will present the lecture and exhibition "On Hold" on 4 May.

The exhibition will show ten of OMA's masterplanning commissions which are now either on hold or discontinued: an urban regeneration project in White City, London, a project for the Nuova Bovisa science city in Milan, and a selection of projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
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19 April 2011
Cronocaos at the New Museum
Cronocaos, OMA's exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, will appear at New York's New Museum 7 May – 5 June. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing "empire" of preservation – 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation – and analyzes the consequences of these regimes for how we build, demolish, and how we remember. "Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos," Rem Koolhaas says. "We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like." more
30 March 2011
OMA to strategize new housing in Bordeaux
OMA has been selected by the Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB) to develop a strategy for the introduction of 50,000 new housing units across 27 communes. The strategy will seek ways to achieve density, mixed use and accessibility for the new housing over a territory of 550km2, allowing Bordeaux to absorb population growth in a sustainable way. At the same time, the scheme must develop density without being necessarily urban.
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22 March 2011
OMA-designed Viktor & Rolf store opens in London
Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf has opened its first generic store, designed by OMA as a blueprint for future V&R stores around the world, inside Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London.
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15 March 2011
Barbican announces major OMA exhibition this October
The Barbican Art Gallery in London has announced a major exhibition this October on OMA, with the theme of PROGRESS. The exhibition will be guest curated by Rotor – a collective based in Brussels, known for their recent exhibition in the Belgian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Working with material processes and their use and re-use in architecture, Rotor’s approach will yield fresh insight into both the built projects and conceptual work of OMA and AMO.
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7 March 2011
Victor van der Chijs to head creative industries group
Victor van der Chijs, Managing Partner at OMA, is one of nine industry leaders who will head a 'top team' charged with exploring ways of stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The team will focus on the creative industries, and consists of representatives from creative companies, research institutes and government. The key objective of the project, called To the Top – Towards a New Enterprise Policy is to give entrepreneurs more scope for their activities and enable them to grow. The 'top team' will generate recommendations to help creative companies compete on the world market and benefit from growing world trade. more
30 January 2011
WWF and AMO launch groundbreaking report describing a world 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2050
The Energy Report, a comprehensive study developed by the WWF, AMO and Ecofys claiming that the world can be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050, launches globally today. 
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25 January 2011
OMA selected as finalist for Skolkovo, Russia's "Silicon Valley"
Moscow, 25 January, 2011 – OMA/AMO is a finalist in the competition to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, or "Russian Silicon Valley," 20 kilometers outside Moscow. Announcement of the winner is imminent.
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19 January 2011
Facade work begins on Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Facade work has begun on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, designed by OMA as the new home for China's equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for high-tech industries. See link below for more of the latest construction images. The facade of the tower is scheduled for completion at the end of August, with the facade of the floating podium – suspended 36 metres over a public plaza and projecting 54 metres from the base of the tower – to be completed at the end of October.
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8 January 2011
Wyly Theatre wins AIA Honor Award
The Dee and Charles Wyly theatre in Dallas, designed by REX/OMA, has received the 2011 Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA jury called the Wyly "a totally new way to investigate the potential of performative experimentation" which has "completely re-choreographed the way in which one experiences a theater."
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